Korn’s Brian Welch says he “went too far” with Christian beliefs: “I got obsessed”

Welch addresses the time he left Korn in 2005 to become sober and practise Christianity.

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Korn guitarist Brian “Head” Welch has reflected on his experiences as a born again Christian, admitting he “went too far” with his beliefs.

Speaking on the No F’n Regrets podcast last Friday (5 March), Welch drew a comparison between his past addiction to drugs and his “obsession” with Christianity that came after.

“The crazy thing is I had an experience with something from another dimension. And it wasn’t the religion – going to church and being a good boy – it was like, I felt something come into my house, and I can’t explain it to this day,” Welch said. “But to me, I believe that it was Christ doing something in me. So that was real – that was very real.

“But yes, I think I went too far with it. And I got obsessed with it, just like I was obsessed with the drugs,” he explained. “And I had to come out of that and find normalcy, because there’s nothing worse than a freakin’ irritating religious person just shoving it down your throat – there’s nothing worse than that.”

Part of the reason Welch left Korn in 2005 was to become sober and practice the Christian faith. In his letter of resignation from the band, he cited moral objections to their music and videos. He only officially rejoined Korn as a full-time member eight years later, in 2013.

Last month, Welch weighed in on the abuse allegations made against Marilyn Manson, expressing his hope that the shock rocker can “own up” to his behaviour and get help.

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